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Catholics joined Bishop Koenig on Feb. 15 at St. Ann parish in Wilmington for a "Circle of Honor" event that included parishioners from various parishes in and around New Castle County. Dialog photo/Joseph P. Owens

Nearly 200 people gathered Feb. 15 at St. Ann parish in Wilmington for a “Circle of Honor” event recognizing contributors to the annual Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal in the Diocese of Wilmington.

Bishop Koenig led a prayer service with Father John Mink, pastor of St. Ann’s, and Father Eric Frimpong, associate pastor, and was joined by numerous priests and Catholics from parishes in and around New Castle County.

The group moved to the parish hall for a reception after the service.

The Saint Mark’s High School Choir performed during the reception.

The 2023 Shining the Light of Christ campaign raised a record $5,695,169 from 13,157 donors. This fundraising success resulted in more than $613,300 returned in rebates to fulfill needs of local parishes. Participation rose by 604 donors and contributions increased by $218,385.

The appeal’s success enables the diocese to assist parishes and focus on priorities diocesanwide, according to the diocese Office of Development. Catholic Charities and Catholic education are among the significant areas of Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal drives.

Three more Circle of Honor events with parishioners are planned in Dover, Lewes and Easton, Md.